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Spanish Parliament approves 2012 Government Budget without increasing investment in Catalonia

Spanish Parliament approves 2012 Government Budget without increasing investment in Catalonia

(ACN) – Using its absolute majority, the People’s Party (PP) has approved the Spanish Government’s budget for the current year refusing 3,100 amendments from the opposition. Only 3 minor amendments from the opposition parties have been accepted. The budget does not respect the current legislation, which obliges to guarantee a minimum investment percentage to be […]

Massive demonstration in Barcelona in defence of public education

Massive demonstration in Barcelona in defence of public education

[ACN] Barcelona.-Thousands of people demonstrated on Tuesday in Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona and other Catalan cities in support of the public education system and against the Catalan and Spanish Government cuts in education. Teachers, administrative staff, students and families with children marched together, defending quality primary, secondary and university education. Many wore yellow T-shirts with the motto ‘SOS Quality in Public Education’ on them. The protest had been […]

Europe’s Worst Fear: Spain and Greece Spiral Down Together

Europe’s Worst Fear: Spain and Greece Spiral Down Together

[New York Times] LONDON — In a season of nightmare projections for Europe, this one could be the scariest: Greek leaves the euro currency union at the same time Spain’s banking system is collapsing. In many ways, the market convulsion last week was a test run for those crises, as political deadlock in Greece and mounting fears […]

Terremoto, scossa di magnitudo 5.9 Epicentro in Emilia: quattro morti

Terremoto, scossa di magnitudo 5.9 Epicentro in Emilia: quattro morti

Avvertito anche in altre regioni del Nord Italia. [Corriere della sera] Una forte, e lunga, scossa di terremoto è stata avvertita in diverse regioni del Nord Italia: tre persone sono morte nel Ferrarese e una nel Bolognese, secondo quanto riferisce la Protezione civile. Alle 4 del mattino, una forte, e lunga, scossa di terremoto è […]

Spectre of bailout looms as banking turbulence goes on

Spectre of bailout looms as banking turbulence goes on

[independent.co.uk] Further indications of the ultra-volatile future facing Spain’s banking sector emerged yesterday when shares in the country’s fourth-largest lender, the part-nationalised Bankia, bounced back abruptly with an increase of nigh-on 26 per cent during early trading. The dramatic upturn followed a 28 per cent fall in share prices on Thursday amidst rumours of a […]

Blogging, an alternative way to promote Catalonia’s tourist attractions

Blogging, an alternative way to promote Catalonia’s tourist attractions

[ACN] The Catalan Tourism Agency (ACT) is carrying out an initiative in which nine recognised tourism bloggers, with thousands of followers, go on tourism trips around certain regions of Catalonia from Wednesday May 16 through till Saturday. These well-known tourist bloggers from the USA, Canada and United Kingdom, will explain their trip’s experiences through the ‘hashtag’ […]

Catalan economy improves in the first quarter of 2012 but enters recession

Catalan economy improves in the first quarter of 2012 but enters recession

Barcelona (ACN).- Over the first quarter of the year, Catalonia’s GDP decreased by 0.1%, which represents an improvement in comparison to the last quarter of 2011, when it dropped by 0.5%. The Catalan economy started the first quarter of 2012 with “a light improvement” that translated into “moderating” the decreasing trend, according to a report released […]